#501 CRAFT challenge – Christmas humorous

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The cat and dog have been playing at Christmas time. I’m so glad I don’t have to cope with this shenanigans in my house!

I chose 4 distress inks to watercolour with for this image and that aren’t necessarily ones you’d associate with Christmas. I like to do this to mix things up a little.

I found some snowflake paper to coordinate with the colours I’d chosen, cut some swirls and some snowflakes and stamped a sentiment.

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#498 CRAFT challenge – Love/Valentines

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I love this image it reminds me of a princesses when my kids were younger. I used the scan n cut to cut the image into a circular topper and then cut a mat out of a coordinating purple. The heart mat behind the image is one that is a built in pattern on the scan n cut, so I chose to cut this out of pink card that also coordinates with the chameleon pen colours I’d used. The pink and purple I’ve also used for the letters and cut the words twice to shadow layer them. The flower I had in my stash and the hearts in the corners were from in the heart mat behind the image.

#495 CRAFT challenge – anything goes

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This image is Summer fun Tess. I feel that she’s walking through fields of flowers. The leaves and flowers I’ve added help to give this impression. The leaves are a tattered lace die.

The digital image was coloured with pencil crayons and highlighted with some Sakura clear star. The card blank was stamped with a flower using distress ink which was also blended onto the edges of the blue paper and the circle with the image.

#493 CRAFT challenge – Sketch

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This is the sketch that my card is based upon.

The image I chose wasn’t circular, so this in itself was a challenge. Firstly I cut the image in a circle but I just felt it didn’t work. So then I came up with the idea of creating a circle wreath behind the image so keep to the theme. The leafy die I used is s tattered lace one.

The two strips are both inked/stamped rather than additional paper too. I taped the two areas individually and used various coloured distress inks and background stamps and layered them up.

The image itself is coloured with coloured pencils. I really like this digital image. I hope you like my card too.

#490 CRAFT challenge – Christmas Present

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This weeks challenge gave me another chance to make a Christmas card! Like last week I have used Chloe’s stamps and dies either side of this girl sitting on top of the Christmas presents.

I stamped, heat embossed and die cut the sprays either side of the ADU image and then created two separate poinsettias to layer up the centre flower on either side. The sentiment on this card is also one of Chloe’s. I kept the colours simple to make the main image stand out a little more.

I coloured this image with a variety of skin colour tone pens, just to show that you don’t have to use things as they are badged. On top of the wings and shoes I also added some quickie glue and some glimmer dust.

#482 CRAFT challenge – Christmas

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Our sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter and the theme is Christmas! The year is certainly going much quicker than expected. So many things I would still like to accomplish!

This cute image is ‘Snow Angel’. I chose to put her in amongst the snowflakes and give the card a feminine feel. I die cut a whole lot of snowflakes and arranged them on the top layer which I raised just slightly on foam pads. I coloured the second layer snowflakes a subtle pink and let these peep out from below. Around each of the layers these is also a slight glittered pink border and to finish off I added a few gems to the centre of the snowflakes and a simple sentiment.

I wonder if we will get any snow this year?

#186 Dream Valley Challenge – Girlie

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The first of the two cards I have made for this challenge is ‘Cupcake Amara’. I coloured this one in pinks, but because of her blonde hair I went for the background being mainly pink and yellow, with some green thrown in from the foliage. I cut out the lacework type shape and inked it up with distress inks and found the green hexagons in my stash and cut the additional ones to add in. I made the flower too (this is my first attempt) I was pretty pleased. I think it’s quite fresh and vibrant and girlie and I hope you do too.

My next card this week was ‘Daisy Emma’. I am well aware from my daughters that not all girls like pink so I decided to do another card in blues and yellows to show that you don’t have to use pink to be girlie.

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#481 CRAFT challenge – Shaker card

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The challenge this time was to make a shaker card. Our sponsor is The Cutting Cafe. I made two cards for this challenge.

Card 1 – circle shaker

I had the background I’d made a while back with some distress inks and while I was away in Cornwall recently I picked up the fairy die. As soon as I saw her I imagined a black silhouette on an inked background so here she is bought to life! I cut her twice and overlapped where she was on the card to give a fairy inside and out.

I was also able to use the Creative Expressions stamp set (CEC872 spread your wings journaling) for the two sentiments on the front and inside this card. I knew they were a useful set when I picked them up! These sentiments were stamped in jet black Stâzon.

I faintly inked the inside of this card using the same distress inks is used on the front to tone the card completely. Then used my Chameleon pens to colour in the word ‘wings’ and ‘soar’.

The final stamps I used were a set I’d picked up from Sheena Douglass (A little bit of scenic silhouette stamps set) a while back in 2015. These form the silhouette flowers around the card.

Card 2 – jar shaker

As the first card had been very feminine I wanted to make a contrasting masculine card.

I hope you like my shaker cards.

#185 Dream Valley challenge – Autumn Colours

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I’ve had the paper I’ve used in the background for some years but never quite had a use until now. It’s funny how when a project comes along you know just the things that will go together! As our sponsor for this challenge is dies to die for, I’ve chosen various dies that I had. A Tim Holtz alterations die, a feather die and two nested dies to set off the sentiment.

The feathers were cut from a background I’d made from brusho, spritzed with water and when dry it brushed out some pixie powers to give some depth and shimmer to the project. On top of this I sprayed some gold crafters companion spray and sparkle.

The background paper I cut the Tim Holtz diamonds alterations die out of the top corner and the pieces that came out I used for depth and texture by sticking them at various places on the paper I’d cut to 6×6.

The sentiment plates were cut from a coordinating piece of card that I’d made with inks on a background making day. These were die cut and on the front piece I added the sentiment in stone grey stazon and the back piece I sprayed again with the crafted companion gold spray and sparkle.